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Blog Posts by: Marc Cook  

  1. TT Is For Truly Tantalizing



    Enthusiasts of a “certain age” will see customizer Jeff Palhegyi’s Yamaha SR400-based one-off as the realization of a dream. It’s a simple, elemental, astonishingly beautiful expression of dual-sport/scrambler roots. And it’s not that hard to duplicate. “I trimmed the rear subframe and built a new loop for the rear fender ...    Read more

  2. Michelin Pilot Road 4



    Michelin’s new Pilot Road 4 isn’t just one sport-touring tire; it’s three. The standard PR4 is meant for most motorcycles up to the big sport-touring rigs because, for them, there’s the Pilot Road 4 GT. Don’t feel left out if you own a BMW GS though; the ...    Read more

  3. 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander | FIRST RIDE



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  4. 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP | FIRST LOOK



    For a company so closely allied to its longstanding suppliers Nissin and Showa, promoting a special-edition of its liter-class supersport with Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes is a bit of an eye opener. But that’s what Honda is doing with the 2014 CBR1000RR SP. Though Honda doesn’t state it, photos ...    Read more

  5. 2014 Honda CTX1300 | FIRST LOOK



    Part of Honda’s rollout of new 2014 models got a slight head start when photos were leaked showing an undisguised CTX1300 caught on public roads during a photo shoot in California. And that’s why when Honda pulled the drape off the 2014 CTX1300, we had that sense of deja vu. ...    Read more

  6. 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Limited Edition | FIRST LOOK



    During the Indianapolis MotoGP festivities this weekend, Suzuki announced the first of its 2014 sportbike models, a cosmetically updated Limited Edition of the GSX-R1000. Built to commemorate the firm's 50 years in the U.S., the GSX-R features blue-accented items—some painted, some anodized—including fork caps, chain, swingarm adjusters, to name a ...    Read more

  7. Editor’s Blog: MacGyver Makes Good



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  8. Schuberth Drops Price on C3 and C3W Helmets



    You wouldn't get much objection if you said, "Everything is more expensive than it used to be." Here's the exception that proves the rule: Schuberth ...    Read more

  9. KTM Brings Husqvarna and Husaberg Together—Again



    Months after KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer announced that his holding company had purchased Husqvarna from BMW, plans have been revealed that bring Husky and Husaberg together, while also severing ties with Husky’s current manufacturing facility in Biandronno, Italy. The new company will be called Husqvarna Sportmotorcycle GmbH, based ...    Read more

  10. Electronics Done Right



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  11. Tool-Less in Torrance



    This is the actual tool kit delivered with a 2013 Honda. And it’s not a mistake: You’re looking at everything intended to come with the bike. Really. ...    Read more

  12. Seen in the Wild: Aerostich’s Pop-Up Store



    Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine stepped out to the curb at 655 Bryant Street in San Francisco and surveyed the lineup of two dozen motorcycles parked at the curb. I doubt he was thinking, “We’re not in Duluth anymore,” but he seemed satisfied at the turnout for only the first hour ...    Read more

  13. Maintenance Matters: The Close Call



    As part of the affliction that makes me modify or “upgrade” all my motorcycles, I installed a set of braided-steel brake lines on my 2005 Suzuki DR650. They helped improve brake feel and would be, I hoped, durable. On the DR, as on many dirt bikes, the relatively flexible line is ...    Read more

  14. Essential Adaptation



    Our epic four-day, 2200-mile sport-touring comparison test took us from SoCal to Albuquerque through some of the most gorgeous and demanding roads California, Arizona, and New Mexico could throw at us. It was cold. Real cold, including an overnight low of 17 degrees in Albuquerque and persistent ...    Read more

  15. Encouraging Signs at the Long Beach IMS



    PHOTOS: Andrea Wilson, Ari Henning Just as nature slowly restores itself after a cataclysmic event, our little corner of the motorsports landscape has green shoots inching up through the dark forest floor. Haven’t seen them? I have, most recently at the International Motorcycle Show that just rolled through Long Beach, CA. ...    Read more

  16. Under-Tail Exhaust: Almost Gone and Good Riddance



    I just got in from a 150-mile jaunt on an injudiciously modified Triumph Daytona 675—a machine I dubbed the “farkelbike” the first time I saw it. It’s actually a pretty neat piece. Seriously hard-core, yes, but the modifications have not ruined it, which is always slightly amazing. Along with the ...    Read more

  17. Audi Influence? Preziosi Out, Gobmeier In at Ducati Corse



    The other shoe has dropped in the shakeup for Ducati’s MotoGP squad as embattled engineer Fillipo Preziosi has been moved up the corporate ladder while ex-BMW Superbike Director, Bernhard Gobmeier takes his place as GM of Ducati Corse. Valentino Rossi’s relationship with Preziosi unraveled in the press over the last ...    Read more

  18. 2013 Honda CB1100 | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Kevin Wing They say: "Timeless look, inspired performance." We say: "Half the guys who see it won't know it's new." At a time when so many retro bikes center on Honda hardware, it’s ironic that the company itself has shied away from the old-is-new angle for the last decade. In 1999, Honda ...    Read more

  19. 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada | NEWS FROM EICMA



    If Ducati’s interpretation of a cruiser in the form of the Diavel left a lot of riders scratching their heads, imagine what this will do. Here is the 2013 Diavel Strada, Borgo Panigale’s take on the touring cruiser. Atop the Diavel's unexpectedly good chassis and polarizing styling ...    Read more

  20. 2013 Ducati Hypermotard and Hyperstrada | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Ducati has comprehensively updated the Hypermotard line for 2013 by shoehorning in a version of the Testastretta 11-degree engine, offering two specifications of the main model, and adding something called the Hyperstrada, a distance-worthy model likely to be known as the mini-Multi for its resemblance to the ...    Read more

  21. 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Continuing the development of its three-cylinder series and expanding the model options, MV Agusta has introduced the Rivale 800, a clear competitor to the Ducati Hypermotard. Featuring the firm’s newly punched-out triple, bumped from 675cc to 800cc, the Rivale employs a signature steel-tube trellis frame that gives ...    Read more

  22. American Suzuki to Close Auto Operations, Powersports Will Continue



    American Suzuki Motor reported today that its automotive division will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and "wind down" operations. According to the company, "The most important thing for you to know is that we intend to continue to operate our Motorcycles/ATV and Marine businesses as usual. We ...    Read more

  23. It’s the Little Things



    I’m a fan of elegant design. So, when I saw the way Honda handled windshield adjustment on the NC700X, I was delighted. It’s a simple system, with four sets of paired holes offset vertically by 20mm. Which set you thread the screen’s four screws into determines the ...    Read more

  24. Coincidence in Time



    I have friends who love vintage motorcycles, and by that I mean anything with points ignition, drum brakes, and valves you can adjust with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, or maybe just a hammer. I also have friends who adore current machinery. If the warranty has expired, it’s ...    Read more

  25. Sticker Shock



    The otherwise lovely Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is, like a lot of modern motorcycles, sticker bombed. And not for product placement...no, they're warning stickers. When the meds kick in, I accept these dimwitted examples of a legal system run amok as a necessary evil, a way to ...    Read more

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